Things To Come
Information about this movie may be found on it's IMDB page.
Subject: The Shape of "The Shape..."
Subject: Big Drama
Futuristic tanks and air-battle scenes are featured in the war-story, also chemical and biological warfare. Because of a new epidemic disease, only half of the population survives. The anarchic post-war situation is ended by an invasion of foreign forces, that is prepared with a non-lethal aerial gas-attack. Upon that civilization is restored more shiny than it was before, progress and futuristic buildings and costumes are shown. The story culminates in a flight to the moon, that causes quite some excitement and protest. The controversy about it seems to be, that it is an unsafe attempt with no warranty, that the two test-persons indeed return to earth. Finally one man and a woman are shot into space inside a capsule from a giant cannon. Interestingly Wells projected the 'moon-shot' 100 years into the future, while in reality the moon-landing took place only 33 years later, with the main controversy about it, that the USA spent enormous resources on the project, just in order to be there first, before the soviets.
Subject: I always find the bulid-up
This movie is great, an epic masterpiece. I watched the movie the same day as I finished reading the book. It was actually pretty hard to find the book in any bookstore, considering that the movie's script was also released as a book. Luckily I managed to find the actual book due to the slight difference in the title. The original book is called "The Shape of Things To Come" while the script and the movie are called "Things To Come".
Like all book-based movies the book is of course better than the movie. When it comes to this one I also think that you need to have read the book before you watch this movie to be able to appreciate it. There is a couple of things that bother me, though.
One thing that I had a very strong reaction to is the fact that they've altered the ending and several of the dates. In the book, Theotocopulos doesn't have any influence at all. He just writes down his opinions in a diary and talks about them to a similar-minded woman whom he is romantically involved with. She doesn't appear in the movie at all. Also, they've altered several of the years that things happen in. In the book, the second world war ends in 1950 and the diseases begin to appear. The "Wandering Fever" is by the way called "Masculated Fever" in the book.
There are several differences, and it would take way too long to write them all down in this review, but the movie is still a great adaptation of an epic book. I strongly recommend the book if you've got the patience to read it, considering that it isn't light reading. Even though I'm 16 years old, I think most other people of my age would find the book very boring. Personally I think it's the 2nd best book I've ever read. (The best book I've read is "I Am Legend" (1954) by Richard Matheson.)
To summarize the whole review: "Things To Come" is a great movie, but to really appreciate it, you must have read the book before watching the movie. ("The Shape of Things To Come") The book gives a more explicit context to the depicted events.
Subject: Free Masons & the New World Order have funny ideas
They also build a giant phallic cannon and aimlessly shoot their children into outer space to their ultimate demise in what can only be described as the biggest masturbation scene in cinematic history. Um, yah...
Life extension technology is also touched upon, but despite all the craziness, and a war to boot, this movie never really takes of and is a bore right to the end.
Give it a miss.
Subject: public domain status
Subject: Important film
If this "new order" which replaces the warlords, this highly technocratic rule of engineers and scientists and gigantic technical projects, should be really wished as a "thing to come", can be doubted. Nevertheless, a marvellous film
Subject: Apocolypse Then!
Subject: Great movie that is still relevant today
Subject: Excellent film but not public domain
In the US it did become public domain in 1964 until copyright was renewed under the Uruguay rounds agreement act in 1996.
Subject: "Things To Come"the movie.
Subject: Things to come
Subject: I Cannot Believe
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